Chinese rocket having free fall, expected to hit earth on weekend

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Launch of Chinese rocket Long March 5B carrying Tianhe

New Delhi (NVI) : A Chinese rocket, launched on April 29, has lost control in space and is re-entering the earth, with expectations that it will land at any place around Saturday.

The US has said it is tracking the movement of the rocket Long March 5B which is circling Earth and was about to enter the lower atmosphere.

As of now, nobody is able to pinpoint a place where the rocket or its debris could land with major force.

The US has said it has no plans to shoot down the rocket even as its Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin has said, “We’re hopeful that it will land in a place where it won’t harm anyone.”

The rocket was launched to carry Tianhe into orbit. Tianhe is the first module of China’s future space station.

In a veiled criticism of China, Austin said, “There should be a requirement to operate in a safe and thoughtful mode and make sure that we take those kinds of things into consideration as we plan and conduct operations.”